|MS in Criminal Justice||Child Advocacy Certificate|
|Req. Core:||15 Credit Hours||9 Credit Hours (Can be taken as a part of the MSCJ program)|
|Req. Electives:||15 Credit Hours|
|30 Credit Hours||9 Credit Hours|
Core MSCJ Courses – 15 Credits
An extensive examination of the criminological theories and empirical research that support and challenge these explanations of criminal behavior; the central concepts and hypotheses of each theory, and the critical criteria for evaluating each theory in terms of its empirical validity. Learning Outcomes:
- To discuss, through description and analysis, the philosophical assumptions of various criminological theories. The readings present comprehensive analysis of current theories and represent the policy implications of each.
- To provide a clear picture of how crime is measured and what types of crime are most frequent and costly to society. The readings present techniques for measuring the amount of crime (e.g., official crime statistics, victimization surveys, and self-reported surveys), crime and its cost (e.g., crimes of violence, property crimes, white-collar crimes, organized crime, and victimless crimes), and the dimensions of crime (e.g., regional variations in crime rates within the United States, variations in crime rates by community, temporal variations in crime rates, and variations in crime rates by sex, age, race, and social class).
- To present you with the history of criminological thought from the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century schools of criminology (classicism and positivism) through the twentieth century. The areas covered include biological and psychological factors, as well as social and economic bases of crime (e.g., social disorganization theory, relative deprivation theory, anomie theory, strain theory, differential opportunity theory, subculture of violence theory, southern culture of violence, gender socialization, doing gender, power-control theory, feminist theory); social control and commitment to social agents (e.g., drift theory, techniques of neutralization theory, social control theory); learning to commit crime (e.g., differential association, labeling theory, reward-risk perspective); opportunities and facilitating factors (e.g., routine activities theory, targets of crime and facilitating factors such as alcohol, drugs, and firearms); and criminal career involvement (e.g., life-course theories).
- To help you understand and conceptualize criminological theory as dynamic, this course provides an eclectic collection of contemporary and classical readings that examine criminological perspectives from past to present. The readings selected are the most essential pieces of work that have had or are now having an impact on criminological theory and research. Some were instrumental in creating a theoretical tradition, others in extending or integrating existing perspectives in important ways. Additional selected readings present the policy implications of criminological theory.
An analysis of the needs, functions, utilization and effects of informal and formal social control mechanisms; theoretical perspectives on social control and law, and empirical examination of theories of law as a social control mechanism. Learning Outcomes:
- Appraise the historical development of social control in the United States.
- Compare and contrast the consensus and conflict perspectives of society.
- Distinguish and analyze the various sources of law and their purposes in this country.
- Differentiate various laws and impacts on formal and informal social control mechanisms.
- Differentiate and evaluate the various methods of inquiry.
- Compare and contrast the various theoretical perspectives of social control.
- Assess various mechanisms of social control.
- Have an understanding of the critical role class structure and one’s social standing plays in the commission, enforcement, and punishment of crime in the U.S.
- Critically analyze how law behaves in relation to one’s class standing, racial make-up, and gender.
- Distinguish the effects one’s race has on how laws are created, enforced, and punishment is applied.
- Understand the racial inequality present in the criminal justice system.
- Describe how females have been affected by the gender equality movement in relation to their involvement in crime, victimization, and punishment.
- Appraise the role of corrections as a means of social control.
- Compare and contrast the various enforcement strategies and alternatives to incarceration.
- Assess the effectiveness of various crime control programs like gun control and drug policies.
An analysis of the various criminal justice research methods and statistical procedures, with emphasis on research design, questionnaire construction, the construction and use of surveys, uses of available data, methods of collecting and analyzing data, the testing of hypotheses, the drawing of inferences, and the writing of the research report. Learning Outcomes: After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Better understand the current state of knowledge relative to criminal justice research.
- Better understand the basic research and statistical concepts and operations in criminal justice research.
- Identify the varied methodologies and statistical techniques available for research in criminal justice.
- Understand and interpret research findings published in journal articles in criminal justice and other social science research.
- Better understand the role of survey analysis and evaluation research in shaping policy and programs in the criminal justice system.
- Demonstrate strong writing and analytical skills.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively utilize research and statistical techniques in criminal justice agencies and in advanced graduate level courses.
This graduate level course will focus on the key concepts, methods, and issues in the field of evaluation research. Students will be exposed to the theoretical, methodological, and utilization of evaluation approaches in order to design, implement, and assess the most effective programs. Specific focus will center on needs assessment, impact assessments, monitoring, applications of various quantitative and qualitative techniques, and proposal writing. A review of basic research methods principles will also be provided. Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course, you should:
- Be familiar with basic research method principles.
- Understand the value of evaluation, and the appropriate uses of evaluation research.
- Have an understanding of the history, definitions, and key concepts of evaluation research.
- Know how to access relevant evaluation research literature.
- Have skills in conducting evaluability assessment, determining program goals and objectives, and determining the needs of populations served.
- Know how to identify political and ethical issues associated with program evaluation.
- Be able to review and critique the design, implementation, and findings of an evaluation.
- Be able to write an evaluation proposal.
Elective Courses – Must total 15 credits to complete program
(each course is 3 credits unless otherwise noted)
At-risk youth present many challenges to society, families, and the educational system. Further, the issues that put youth at risk interfere with their ability to be successful in many areas of their lives. Consequently, in many cases, they find themselves “in trouble” with the law. This course is intended to assist the educator, counselor, and/ or police officer in understanding the factors that put a child at risk, as well as presenting a model of intervention and remediation to decrease and/ or eliminate the risk. Practical strategies will be discussed. Learning Outcomes:
- Students will be able to have literature-based discussions on all topics presented in the course.
- Students will be able to reflect on course material by writing a summary of new learning acquisition and framing how this is relevant to one’s area of study and/or profession.
- Students will write a research paper focusing on one or more strategies that eliminate or decrease risk factors present in youth.
- Students will be able to conceptualize a case using the case conceptualization model taught in the course.
A study of the principles, doctrines, and selected rules of criminal law; the sources of substantive criminal law and historical development of common law principles of criminal responsibility; constitutional constraints on the decision to define behavior as criminal. Learning Outcomes:
- Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to void for vagueness, rule of law, void for over-breadth, fundamental right, reasonable person, and equal protection of the law.
- Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to appellate, citation, case reasoning, case issue, dissenting opinion, stare decisis, and precedent.
- Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to intent, mens rea, concurrence, causation, ignorance, mistake, elements of crime, legal duty, crimes of conduct, crimes of harmful result, and constructive possession.
- Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to attempt, conspiracy, solicitation, preparation, substantial steps, extraneous factors, and voluntary abandonment.
- Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to purpose, knowledge, strict liability, proximate cause, intervening cause, and culpability.
- Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to vicarious liability, mere presence rule, complicity, prima facie proof, and tort.
- Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to intent, diminished capacity, duress, insanity defense, intoxication, and syndrome defenses
- Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to 1st-degree intentional homicide, 2nd-degree intentional homicide, reckless homicide, negligent homicide, heat of passion, murder, and manslaughter.
- Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to consent, statutory rape, non-consensual sexual activity, assault, battery, personal restraint, and false imprisonment.
- Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to robbery, burglary, assault, battery, rape, and mental illness.
- Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to vagrancy, prostitution, poor, quality of life crime, and disorderly conduct.
- Describe and apply the concepts identified, including but not limited to The Patriot Act, terrorists, “homegrown” terrorists, treason, sedition, sabotage, and espionage.
A study of case law defining constitutional constraints on police behavior in the areas of arrest, search and seizure, interrogation, identification and investigation; rules on the exclusion of illegally seized evidence. Learning Outcomes: After completing the course, students should be able to:
- Define the concepts of seizure, search, reasonableness and probable cause through U.S. Supreme Court cases concerning the Fourth Amendment.
- Define “custody” and “interrogation” through U.S. Supreme Court cases interpreting the Fifth and Sixth Amendments.
- Explain how the concept of due process under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments has been defined by the U.S. Supreme Court in identification and investigation procedures.
- Identify the view of the U.S. Supreme Court majority regarding the proper role of courts in supervising police behavior in the 1960s, the 1980s, and the present.
- Identify the holdings of the U.S. Supreme Court in key criminal procedure cases.
- Distinguish the reasoning of dissenters from that of the majority in key criminal procedure cases.
- Locate recent lower court cases in which key Supreme Court cases have been used as precedent.
- Using a standard briefing format, analyze any assigned appeals court case.
- Define the “new federalism” and appraise its effect on workers in the criminal justice system.
Policing in a democratic society offers a critical and an in-depth analysis of past, present, and future law enforcement functions in the United States. Examines how police as agents of social control operate and function within a democratic society. Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Explain the history and development of law enforcement in the United States, including the various eras of the policing profession and the associated societal changes that accompanied them.
- Describe the various structures and organizational styles consistent with contemporary police departments.
- Explore endemic issues facing law enforcement.
- Explain contemporary issues associated with community-oriented policing from a historical perspective and a prospective perspective.
- Describe current and future law enforcement trends in maintaining social control.
- Critically analyze problems, issues, and challenges facing law enforcement agents.
- Understand problem-oriented policing.
- Understand law enforcement’s role in responding to and preventing terrorism, as well as their role in maintaining local social order.
- Describe current and future opportunities and challenges the policing profession faces within a democratic society as media, social media, and the various branches of that society define the evolving role of the police in a democratic society.
Although individuals have been victimized by crime since the beginning of recorded human life, the study of crime victims, or victimology, is of relatively recent origin. This course provides an extensive overview of the principles and concepts of victimology, an analysis of victimization patterns and trends, and theoretical reasoning and responses to criminal victimization. In addition, this course explores the role of victimology in the criminal justice system, examining the consequences of victimization and the various remedies now available for victims. Learning Outcomes: The objectives of this course are to explore and better understand specific crime victim issues such as the following:
- The rediscovery of crime victims and the rise of victimology
- Empirical facts about crime victims
- Victims’ contribution to crime
- The nature, types, and prevalence of family abuse and family violence
- Physical, sexual and psychological child abuse
- Physical and sexual adult abuse
- Victimization by strangers
- Theoretical interpretations on physical abuse, sexual abuse, and other forms of victimization
- Consequences of family violence and violence across the life course
- The criminal justice system and professional responses to child and adult violence and abuse
- Treatment and prevention of family abuse
- Repaying victims, victim rights and alternative directions
This course examines the law of torts related to police, corrections, and other criminal justice agencies, including concepts of negligence, intent, duty of care, proximate cause, foreseeability, good faith defenses, and other legal doctrines. Both state tort law and federal law (especially under 42 U.S.C. 1983) will be examined. Major U.S. Supreme Court cases will be studied, as well as patterns and trends in federal and state lawsuits regarding civil rights violations and failure to exercise due care. Liability of law enforcement officers, municipalities, correctional officers, corrections agencies and other criminal justice entities is reviewed. Damages, injunctions and other remedies for civil wrongs are discussed, and differences between state and federal law and court processes are examined.
- Describe the major elements of an organization.
- Define the concepts of management and leadership.
- Delineate the concepts associated with organizational goals.
- Differentiate and analyze centralized organizations and decentralized organizations.
- Understand internal and external environmental factors that influence the various agencies that identify the stages of the communication process.
- Describe the barriers to communication in criminal justice organizations.
- Identify the impact of the chain of command on effective communication comprise the criminal justice system
- Identify and analyze ways to identify and manage conflict.
- Describe strategies to best manage conflict.
- Identify and compare and contrast interorganizational conflict with intraorganizational conflict.
- Describe and compare and contrast job enrichment and job enlargement strategies.
- Describe at least two different ways a supervisor can motivate under-performing employees
- Describe the steps necessary to successfully implement change.
- Analyze and describe obstacles to planned change.
- Define strategies and various steps often used in a good decision making process.
- Describe and analyze various obstacles in the organizational decision making process.
- Describe the role you believe ethics plays within the decision making process.
- Describe the ways in which organizational effectiveness can be measured.
- Compare and contrast the goal and process models of measuring organizational effectiveness.
The course presents a study of the history, theory, and practice of contemporary corrections. History will be used to frame and to help explain how certain practices evolved from a particular socioeconomic context. The course is intended to encourage analytic thinking about how as a society we respond to legal violations. We will review classic essays describing the social dynamics of punishment. We will also examine factors contributing to the rise of reformatories, parole, and probation from the 1880s to the present, the emergence of the rehabilitative ideal, inmate adaptations to incarceration, prison rights issues, the move to law and order or “get tough” on crime and the culture of control since the 1990s. Learning Outcomes:
- Discuss evolution and history of correctional systems.
- Describe the institutional and community based subsystems of corrections.
- Explain current practices within the correctional system that relate to the cultural, legal, and socio-economic contexts.
- Discuss factors that led to the current practices.
This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the use of psychological methodologies and theoretical models within the criminal justice system. Special attention is applied to criminal and police psychology with some coverage of forensic psychology. Learning Outcomes:
- Critically evaluate both endogenous and exogenous theories of criminal behavior.
- Assess how our personal conclusions influence our interactions with individuals in and out of the system.
- Evaluate the usefulness of profiling for law enforcement.
- Evaluate what patterns of behavior may be population-specific.
- Recommend group-specific interventions.
- Evaluate impact of personal and professional ethics.
- Assess current shifts in terrorist ideology.
- Evaluate commonalities in recruitment and marketing among various domestic groups.
- Consider appropriate prevention techniques that balance the needs of the community against the freedoms of the individual.
- Evaluate current screening/selection processes for law enforcement personnel.
- Identify personality characteristics that facilitate/inhibit long-term satisfaction with law enforcement careers.
- Review current psychological research in conflict resolution.
- Evaluate effective implementation of such research into daily practices.
- Identify significant stressors in law enforcement.
- Evaluate current intervention strategies to reduce short- and long-term impact of stress on law enforcement personnel.
This course examines crisis intervention models as they apply to suicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, natural disasters, personal loss, and life cycle crises. Students learn to recognize and deal with the psychological and emotional stresses encountered by professionals and paraprofessionals who work with people in crisis. Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Critically assess the dynamics of crises and determine appropriate intervention responses.
- Identify the developmental crises typical in the adolescent and adult life cycle.
- Understand crisis intervention models and apply them to sexual assault, domestic violence, natural disaster, and bereavement.
- Articulate the importance of multicultural awareness in crisis assessment and intervention.
- Employ basic listening and responding skills.
- Apply systems theory to team approaches in crisis intervention.
- Apply fundamental professional ethics to crisis intervention situations.
- Assess your own likely reactions in a crisis situation.
- Develop strategies for dealing with suicidal people.
- Apply crisis intervention models in schools, institutions, and human service settings.
- Develop a plan for debriefing workers after a crisis incident.
This course introduces students to the major psychological theories of personality, as they are applied in criminal justice settings as well as clinical settings. Special attention is given to the application of theories to terrorist motivation. Learning Outcomes:
- Explain why research must support any claim we make about personality.
- Identify the purposes behind personality assessment.
- Identify the similarities and differences among the various approaches to personality.
- Critically evaluate the merits of the various approaches to personality.
- Apply the various approaches to personality to a particular individual.
- Apply the various approaches to personality to issues in criminal justice.
- Process and Skills:
- Increased ability to be a knowledgeable consumer of psychological research and psychological services.
- Enhanced ability to employ divergent and creative thinking.
- Enriched use of psychological principles to analyze life situations and perspectives.
- Increased curiosity about behavior and its causes.
- Increased insight into yourself and your own behavior.
- Enhanced sensitivity and understanding of people who are from different cultural and ideological backgrounds.
A graduate course in abnormal psychology that does not presume prior psychology study. The course places the concept of abnormal psychology in historical context, covers the major mental illnesses and their treatments, and relates content to criminal justice applications. There is a major focus on risk and danger, as they relate to the disorders. P: graduate student status. Learning Outcomes:
- Knowledge of the history and definition of mental illness
- Awareness of the major theoretical perspectives on psychological disorders
- Knowledge of assessment and diagnosis of psychological disorders
- Knowledge of research methods employed in the study of psychological disorders
- Familiarity with major research in the field
- Knowledge of the causes and symptoms of various psychological disorders
- Knowledge of current approaches to treating these psychological disorders
- Awareness of legal and community responses to psychopathology
- Awareness of criteria for differentiation between psychopathology and normality
- Knowledge of disorders outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) of the American Psychiatric Association
- Evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of the theories, methods, and research findings
- Evaluation of the roles of individuality and diversity (e.g., gender and culture) in the development and treatment of psychological disorders
- Process Skills:
- Increased ability to be a knowledgeable consumer of psychological research and psychological services
- Enhanced ability to employ divergent and creative thinking
- Enriched use of psychological principles to analyze life situations and perspectives
- Increased curiosity into behavior and its causes
- Increased insight into yourself and your own behavior
- Enhanced sensitivity toward and understanding of people who are mentally ill
An introduction to topics such as human resource planning, equal employment opportunity, selection, training and development, performance appraisal, compensation, safety and health, and employee and labor relations. The impact of laws and of societal and business trends on human resource functions is also presented. Each manager’s role in dealing with human resources is emphasized. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of Business Administration 5030, Human Resource Management, you should be able to:
- Explain each major human resource function to someone with no knowledge of them.
- Explain the human resource function’s interaction and interrelationship with general management and other areas within the organization to contribute to the achievement of that entity’s goals.
- Apply fundamental human resource management concepts in real or hypothetical organizations.
- Examine the ways in which major human resource management activities have had an impact on you as an employee or manager or on someone whom you know well.
- Explore print and/or electronic resources relevant to the study of human resource management
This course reviews the changing nature of management and explains why gender and race/ethnicity have become important considerations in business. It examines the status of women and people of color in managerial or administrative positions and discusses socialization processes, stereotypes, equal employment opportunity laws, illegal harassment, and power in organizations. Networking, mentoring, work/life balance, and career planning also are addressed. Learning Outcomes:
- Explain major reasons why diverse populations of women and people of color still are under-represented in top management positions in the United States to someone who is unaware of challenges that members of such groups encounter.
- Explain the challenges that United States women aspiring to top management encounter with respect to global assignments.
- Explain strategies women and people of color who wish to become upper level executives in major United States corporations have used to cope with or overcome challenges they face in achieving that goal to someone who is unfamiliar with the nature of their struggle.
- Explain the general provisions of equal opportunity laws and regulations designed to assist women and people of color in the United States to a person who has little knowledge of them.
- Explain recommendations for leaders, organizations, and team members who wish to build and sustain effective teams of diverse individuals to someone with no knowledge of relevant issues.
- Examine ways in which stereotypes and socialization processes in the United States and in your background may have affected your attitude toward and society’s perceptions of women and people of color who wish to become leaders and/or excel in managerial careers.
- Explain how the ways in which employment decisions are made can aid or hinder equal employment opportunity for women and people of color who wish to advance in leadership roles and/or management positions.
- Assess the effectiveness of recommended actions to help individuals successfully manage work and family roles in your own or in a friend’s life.
- Create a plan that a real or hypothetical organization could adopt to help employees effectively manage work and family roles.
- Explain to someone with no knowledge of developmental relationships at work how cultivating such relationships via mentors, networks, or other means can aid in the career progress of women and people of color.
- Apply knowledge of challenges that women and people of color face in management to suggest alternatives and possible solutions to real or hypothetical problems involving issues related to gender and/or race or ethnicity.
Organizations, in and of themselves, do not behave, the people within them do. This course will give students a comprehensive view of organizational theory and behavior by studying individual and group behaviors and how these interrelate with the organization’s structure, systems, and goals. Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course, you should be able to do the following:
- Apply theory to application, thereby demonstrating an understanding of the theoretical knowledge base of organizational behavior.
- Analyze how individual and group behaviors act as building blocks to organizational behavior.
- Analyze team behavior and its effect on productivity.
- Articulate the importance of organizational behavior in the management of an organization.
- Research and analyze aspects of organizational behavior.
- Communicate and interact with team members.
- Have an increased understanding of APA, Refworks, and Turnitin tools and other resources.
This course will examine the forms and extent of crimes committed by computer and Internet and how these types of crimes challenge traditional approaches of investigation and prosecution. Topics will include 4th Amendment aspects of computer and cyber-crimes, the law of electronic surveillance, computer hacking, online fraud, cyber-bullying, and other computer crimes as well as encryption, online economic espionage and cyber-terrorism. Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Identify various definitions and typologies of cyber crime.
- Understand specific theories of causation as related to a variety of cyber criminal and deviant online behaviors.
- Define classifications of cyber criminals and analyze their motivations and modi operandi.
- Understand the extent of cyber crime victimization and associated costs.
- Assess the role of both the private sector and social control agencies in investigating, prosecuting, and preventing cybercrime
*Required for Child Advocacy Studies Certificate
The chart below indicates the term or terms in which each course is available. This course rotation is subject to change, so please review this page periodically.
|Course||Sum. 2016||Fall 2016||Spr. 2017||Sum. 2017||Fall 2017|
|CRIMLJUS 6030 Criminal Law||NO||NO||YES||NO||NO|
|CRIMLJUS 6330 Criminal Procedure and Evidence||NO||YES||NO||NO||YES|
|CRIMLJUS 7030 Criminal Justice Systems||NO||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|CRIMLJUS 7120 Policing in a Democratic Society||NO||YES||NO||NO||YES|
|CRIMLJUS 7130 Criminal Justice Research and Statistical Methods||NO||YES||NO||NO||YES|
|CRIMLJUS 7230 Criminological Theory||YES||YES||NO||YES||YES|
|CRIMLJUS 7310 Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy||YES||YES||NO||YES||YES|
|CRIMLJUS 7320 Juvenile Delinquency & Justice: Race, Class, Gender, and Youth||YES||NO||YES||NO||NO|
|CRIMLJUS 7330 Law as Social Control||YES||NO||YES||YES||NO|
|CRIMLJUS 7340 Cyber Crime||NO||NO||YES||YES||NO|
|CRIMLJUS 7430 Victimology||YES||NO||YES||YES||NO|
|CRIMLJUS 7520 Civil Liability in Criminal Justice Agencies||YES||NO||NO||YES||NO|
|CRIMLJUS 7530 Criminal Justice Administration||YES||NO||YES||YES||NO|
|CRIMLJUS 7630 Contemporary Correctional Systems: Institutional and Community-Based Corrections||YES||YES||NO||YES||YES|
|CRIMLJUS 7730 Evaluation and Program Analysis in the Criminal Justice System||YES||NO||NO||YES||YES|
|CRIMLJUS 7880 Criminal Justice Internship**||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|CRIMLJUS 7920 Seminar Paper Research**||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|CRIMLJUS 7940 Special Topics in Criminal Justice**||NO||NO||NO||NO||NO|
|CRIMLJUS 7980 Independent Study in Criminal Justice**||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|CRIMLJUS 7990 Thesis Research**||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|** This is a course that requires approval to register for.|
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